Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

When people send in data from a power quality monitor to be reviewed, some common questions include “Is my site normal?” and “Does this data look OK to operate my facility?” Such questions usually get the same ambiguous answer: “It depends.” The quality of electric power as supplied and how much is

When it comes to systems integration, intrusion detectors and sensors are the ties that bind.

As I have described in the previous few columns, splicing fibers is fairly easy. If the installer cleans and cleaves the fibers properly, the machine does the rest. However, the installer’s job is not over at that point.

Industrial firms and contractors stand to benefit from emerging innovations in remote-monitoring technology.

More on Systems

Highlights on New Category 6 Standard

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published its long-awaited standard for Category 6 data cabling and components. Officially known as ANSI/TIA/EIA-568-B.2-1, the standard is an addendum to the TIA/EIA-568-B standard for commercial building telecommunications cabling.

IT Decision Makers Prefer Category 6, Survey Says

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avaya Inc.

IT Professionals Concerned about WLAN Security

Ft. Lee, New Jersey, Nov. 11, 2002––ReefEdge, Inc., an industry leader in wireless network infrastructure solutions, today announced the results of a Wireless LAN (WLAN) survey of 935 IT professionals conducted via the company's website. Wireless LANs were widely deployed among the respondents.

Popularity of Green Power Growing in the Northwest

By Rick Laezman When given the choice, a growing number of retail customers in the Northwest prefer renewable energy to fossil fuel generated power.

NECA/IBEW Announce Web Site Dedicated to VDV

SAN JOSE, CA (Nov. 12, 2002)––The fastest growing segment of the electrical industry in Northern California, voice-data-video (VDV), now has its own web site, posted today as

Fiber Is Tougher Than You Think

Fiber optic cable has typically been categorized as fragile,like glass, which the actual fiber is, of course. But unlike drinking glasses that break when dropped or windows that lose every battle with a kid's baseball, glass optical fiber is incredibly strong and flexible.